what i’ve learned

Over the past two years, I have learned more than I can possibly put into words. I have learned the critical business analyst tasks—how to forecast ads, troubleshoot instocks, and write purchase orders—but I have also learned how to carry myself professionally, communicate effectively, and create a work/life balance. The business analyst role has truly laid the foundation for me to have a successful career, and for that I could not be more grateful. But after two years, it’s time to move on. I am passing the ice cream torch to one of the former interns that I’ve worked with who has returned full time and I am moving on to a new challenge within Target’s Community Relations department. This time of transition has been a whirlwind, and as I am about to move on I’ve been taking the time to reflect on the biggest things I’ve learned throughout my […]

when things don’t go to plan

I have a confession: I once made a vendor cry. Now, for those of you that know me, this is NOT like my personality to be so intense and tenacious that I would make another person cry…but it did happen. And I still feel terrible about it. Here’s what happened: The Situation:  Within my first month on the job, I had a vendor notify me two days before our Thanksgiving ad that our truck filled with vanilla ice cream (that was supposed to go on everyone’s pumpkin pies!) was going to be delayed and would not make it before the holiday. My Reaction: *Go into panic mode *Write three  (yes, three) strongly-worded emails that this was unacceptable and that they needed to find a way to get us the product *Leave multiple voicemails *Threaten that it could impact future promotions if they didn’t get us the product *Consider running to […]

pop goes the ice cream

As someone who has blood sugar issues, I am obsessed with salty snacks. More specifically, I am obsessed with popcorn. As any one of my fellow team members can attest, my desk area is almost always littered with a few dropped kernels of my favorite treat. Recently, my love affair with popcorn has entered into my business. On May 25th, we launched a new Market Pantry Ice Cream: Cinema Snack—a popcorn-flavored ice cream swirled with sea salt caramel, fudge-covered potato chips, and fudge-covered pretzels. Now, I know what you’re thinking—“Those Target people are off their rocker! Who would want POPCORN flavored ice cream with POTATO CHIPS in it?!!”—but think about giving this salty/sweet sensation a chance while I tell you a little about how the business analyst is involved in bringing in new, innovative items like Cinema Snack to Target’s guests. As business analysts, our primary responsibility is to get […]

our sunday best

I have always loved Sundays. If Monday-Thursday are workworkwork and Friday and Saturday are funfunfun, Sunday is all about slowing down, taking a deep breath, and relaxing. On top of Sundays being a breath of fresh air and a break from the craziness of the week, when I was growing up Sundays were also the day that one of my favorite things arrived in my family’s paper: the Target ad. Shuffling through the advertisements for yet-another mattress store and coupons for figurines of angelic babies dressed in snowgear, my beloved Target ad was always easy to spot: bright, colorful, and full of items that I both needed and wanted. Even if I wasn’t intending on buying anything, the Target ad was simply fun to look at. Flash forward to when I started working at Target, and my love for the weekly ad only grew. Only instead of just appreciating the beauty of […]